Class Schedule for December 2014
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL OF OUR CLASSES ARE OFFERED FOR A SUGGESTED DONATION OF $12
9.00 – 10.15 am – Vinyasa – Elizabeth
12.00 – 1.00 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar
1.30 – 2.30 pm – Yoga Basics + – Brigitte, $55 for 5 classes, $12/class *NOTE: no class on 12/29
4.15 – 5.15 pm – Kids Yoga ages 5-12 – Mecquel (loft)
4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Amy
6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Samuel
7.30 – 8.30 pm – Yoga for Beginners 4 Week Series – Aya (loft) – $50 for 4 weeks; preregistration is required. The next available 4-week series meets 1/5, 1/12,1/19, 1/26. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Vinyasa -Samuel
9.00-10.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma *NOTE: Elizabeth will teach this class on 12/16
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Ashtanga Style Yoga – Francesca *NOTE: no class on 12/16, 12/23 and 12/30
12.00 -1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma *NOTE: Dagmar will teach this class on 12/16
12.00 – 1.00 pm – Alignment-Based Yoga – Susan (loft) $10 *NOTE: no class on 12/23
4.30 -5.45 pm – Vinyasa- Gemma *NOTE: Amy will teach this class on 12/16
6.00 -7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Heather *NOTE: Lorraine will teach this class on 12/30
7.30-8.30 pm on 1/6- Gratitude Book Club – Gemma (our book club meets on the 1st Tues of each month). We will discuss The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. $5 donation
7.45 – 9.00 pm – Foundations of Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12
9.00 – 10.15 am – Kali Yoga – Mecquel, $15 ($10 for students)
12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma
12.15-1.15 pm – Classical Pilates Mat Class – Wendy, $70 for 4 classes or $20/class
1.30-2.30 pm – Yoga for Women 50+ – Brigitte *NOTE: no class on 12/31
4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Mecquel *NOTE: no class on 12/24 and 12/31
6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Gemma *NOTE: no class on 12/24 and 12/31
7.30-8.45 pm – Gratitude Gita Bhagavad Gita Study Group – Vineet (loft) $5 *NOTE: no session on 12/17, 12/24 and 12/31
7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Vinyasa – Samuel *NOTE: no class on 12/24 and 12/31
*WE WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY; WE WILL HAVE ONE CLASS ON NEW YEARS DAY AT 12 NOON
7.30-8.20 am – Energizing Morning Routine – Brigitte, $50 for 5 classes, $12/class *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
9.00-10.30 am – Vinyasa – Gemma *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
12.00 -1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma *NOTE: no class on 12/25. This class WILL meet on 1/1
12.00 -1.00 pm – Movement/Meditation/Mantra – Mecquel (loft) *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
1.15-2.15 pm – Kali Yoga – Mecquel *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
4.30-5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth $10 *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Heather *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
7.30 – 9.00 pm – Chinese Martial Arts Style Strength Training – Ato $14 *NOTE: no class on 12/25 and 1/1
7.30 – 8.45 am – Yoga for Stress Reduction – Dan *NOTE: no class on 12/12 and 12/19
9.00 – 10.15 am – Gentle Vinyasa – Gemma
10.30-11.45 am – Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – Nina *NOTE: Shivraj will teach this class on 12/19; class is canceled on 12/26
12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma
4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar
6.00 -7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Samuel
7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Vinyasa – Samuel
8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma
10.00 -11.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma
10.00 – 11.15 am – Prenatal Yoga – Nina $12 *NOTE: this class will meet at 11.30 on 12/13; Shannon will teach this class on 12/20; class is cancelled for 12/27
11.30 – 12.30 pm – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Nina (loft) *NOTE: Elyssa will teach this class on 12/13; Shivraj will teach this class on 12/20 and 12/27
11.30 – 1.00 pm on 12/13 – Partner Prenatal Yoga – Nina $20
1.30 – 2.30 pm – Beginners Vinyasa – Aya $12
4.00 – 5.30 pm on 12/13 – Candlelight Yin Yoga – Gemma $15 (space is limited, preregistration is recommended.)
7.00 – 9.00 pm on 1/3 – Kirtan – Mecquel and Samuel $25
8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma
10.00 – 11.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma
4.00 – 5.15 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth *NOTE: Dagmar will teach this class on 12/14
5,30 – 6.45 pm – Hot Vinyasa – Dagmar *NOTE: Lorraine will teach this class on 12/21
7.00 – 8.15 pm – Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation – Mikhail
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a towel to class. We also have mats to borrow and water to purchase at the studio.
Private and Semi-Private Sessions:
Private one-on-one or small group sessions are a wonderful way to begin or deepen your yoga practice in a more intimate, individually focused setting. The fee for private sessions ranges from $90-$120.
This class teaches the alignment and actions of the mind and body that help us understand why we do the poses, and to do them with an increasing sense of ease, strength, and well-being. The pace of the class is slow, poses are held for longer periods, and props are used to help teach the shapes and sensations of the poses. It is a lifetime’s study, but even a one-hour session can do a lot for us.
Ashtanga Style Yoga:
In this Ashtanga Style Yoga class we will concentrate on the Breath, Core Contraction, and Soft Gazing. Using Ujjayi Pranayama (deep rhythmic breathing through the nose), you generate intense internal heat which removes toxins and purifies the internal organs. Yoga is accomplished, according to Sri Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, through Asana (poses), Pranayama (breath control), and Kundalini Meditation. All three of these practices will be applied simultaneously using the traditional Hatha Yoga poses taught by T. Krishnamacharya known as the Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Beginners Vinyasa Flow:
This class allows beginners to explore yoga at their own pace while experiencing a comfortable and dynamic vinyasa flow. In this class, the focus on alignment empowers students to develop a deeper understanding of each posture. Poses are held to develop strength and heat in the body. Various breath techniques are used to enrich the practice and calm the mind. This class gives students the confidence to take more advanced classes and perhaps even develop a personal practice. While geared toward beginners, this class is also great for students who want to refine their alignment and create stability in their yoga practice.
Candlelight Yin Yoga with Aromatherapy:
Yin Yoga is a wonderful complementary practice to other styles of yoga like Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga. All of these practices help us begin to strip away the layers of stress our bodies hold from the daily pressures of living in this fast-paced, stimulating, and multi-tasking culture. Just as more active yoga practices help build strength and flexibility in the muscles, Yin Yoga helps build strength and flexibility in the body’s connective tissue through gentle, long-held postures. It is a healing, rejuvenating and restorative practice also well-suited for athletes to aid recovery from the rigors of their sport. This class, conducted in a candlelit room, includes gentle Yin poses, which are held for several minutes to give the muscles and connective tissue time to release tension, as well as more energetic Yang poses to keep the energy flowing. It is a non-rigorous, meditative practice that allows us to explore and connect with inner stillness and quietude; it is intended to help relieve not only the physical, but also the energetic, mental and emotional effects of our everyday stresses. The practice is complemented by the use of therapeutic essential oils. Our Candlelight Yin Yoga classes are currently offered on a monthly basis, on Saturday afternoons from 4.00-5.30 pm. Please check our Events page for information about upcoming Candlelight Yin Yoga classes.
Chinese Martial Arts Strength Training:
This strength training class is a fusion of eastern and western fitness regimens designed to change the body from the inside out. Originally developed as a physical conditioning program for the advanced martial arts, the program builds the strength, coordination, stamina and flexibility required for demanding physical exercise. Using a combination of isometric and aerobic body movements to tone and condition the body, the class combines both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to create a workout that strengthens the body’s cardiovascular system, core muscles and tendons while gradually toning the skin and superficial muscles. It requires very little space, no weights or equipment, and it’s fun. Once you learn the principles and practice you can take it with you anywhere and practice your entire life.
Classical Pilates Mat Class:
Joseph Pilates lived by a Schiller quotation, “It is the spirt that builds the body.” He called his discipline The Art of Contrology: Mental and Physical Conditioning. Unlike other workouts, Pilates works from the interior without the Western notion of force. Standing taller and treading more lightly is transformative. The exercises take you somewhere else and you leave invigorated. Maybe if we feel better in our skin we will treat each other with loving kindness.
Energizing Morning Routine:
Spring into your day with this moderate to fast-paced practice that will energize your body and mind. The flow will start with a dynamic warm-up before moving into postures to stretch the body, tone the muscles, boost circulation and oxygenate the brain. It will end with relaxation poses. Some experience with yoga is necessary. $50 for 5 classes, $12/class
Foundations of Vinyasa:
This class presents the fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga with particular attention on the alignment in each posture and the practice of uniting breath and movement throughout the series of poses. Brand new beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners will benefit from this thoughtful approach to Vinyasa. With plenty of individual attention and hands-on assists, you will feel both supported and challenged as this class prepares you to deepen your experience of yoga while preventing the risk of injury in more vigorous, faster-paced Vinyasa classes. All levels of fitness are welcome. No prior yoga experience is required.
Free Screenings with Physical Therapist Kristin Williams:
Free injury screenings by licensed physical therapist, Kristin Williams include a 5-minute injury assessment, followed by recommendations for technique modifications, injury prevention strategies, and/or referral to a medical specialist if necessary. Kristin is a board-certified orthopedic specialist in the field, with 13 years of experience in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions of all types, including, but not limited to sports-related injuries. Please contact Kristin at email@example.com to schedule a session.
Gentle Morning Flow:
This early morning flow class moves at a moderate to slow pace, allowing students to truly experience each posture while using the breath to help nourish and sustain the body. In this class, each posture will be held for a few minutes and will focus on opening the body, stretching the muscles, and creating more mobility in the limbs.
Less rigorous than the Vinyasa Flow class, the Gentle Vinyasa Flow class moves at a more moderate pace, allowing students to focus on the breath and generate mindfulness while developing an awareness of alignment within the poses.
Gratitude Book Club:
Revered as one of the most sacred wisdom texts of the East and widely considered a foundational treatise on yoga practice, the Bhagavad Gita brings readers to the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. Though millennia old, its refreshingly practical and comforting wisdom is as relevant today as it was in ancient times. In this weekly facilitated study of the text, we will embark on a journey through the teachings of the Gita and explore how those teachings resonate with our experiences and struggles in the here and now. We will examine a number of themes raised by the Gita, and use the Gita’s own core of Bhakti Yoga-the path of love, grace, and gratitude-as a lens through which to encounter the rest of the book. Interactive exercises, small group discussion, and opportunities to meditate and reflect on the teachings will help transform our study from the informational to the experiential. Sessions will be facilitated by Vineet Chandler, Director of Hindu Life at Princeton University. All are welcome, no previous experience with the text is required. Materials will be provided. Suggested donation: $5/session or $75 for all 20 sessions.
Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation:
Our weekly practice of insight meditation, also called mindfulness meditation or vipassana, meets on Sunday evenings. Our weekly sessions will provide some basic instruction, and include periods of seated and walking meditation, selected readings, and sound therapy using Himalayan singing bowls. No prior meditation experience is necessary. All are welcome. For more information, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Gemma at 732 642 9721.
This multi-level class is designed to strengthen and open the body, mind, and spirit through exploration of various physical poses, meditation, breathing techniques, and self-study. Less rigorous and slower paced than Vinyasa style yoga classes, this class is appropriate for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Emphasis is on mindfully moving the body and breath in a way that is respectful and safe, non-judgmental, and aware.
Practicing yoga in a hot environment opens the muscular/skeletal system, it stimulates the glandular system, and helps eliminate toxins to rebuild the body from old injuries. Beyond the physical implications, environmental heat acts as a powerful and tangible psychological force that compels students of all levels to overcome attachment to external distractions. This supports the practice of meditation, considered the primary vehicle for self-realization in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Hot yoga practice builds strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Hot Yoga will keep your mind focused, relieve stress, purify your blood, improve circulation and restore health and vitality to your body and soul.
Moving beyond the mat, this class explores the intelligence of the body as it moves through space, responding to the weight of gravity, the lightness of air with the fluidity of water. Drawing from influences of Yoga, Ideokinesis, Feldenkrais, Modern Dance, and other somatic techniques, we integrate movement re-patterning explorations to develop movement/body awareness, mobility, core strength, and fluidity. This class will deepen our practice, and develop new movement possibilities that bring your body, mind, and spirit into alignment with joyful, honest expression.
Kundalini Yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful technology appropriate for all that is designed to trigger an experience of the unchanging Self. In each class, we use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body, allowing the spirit to flow freely. Kundalini Yoga brings a greater feeling of well-being and happiness – our natural birthright as humans. This powerful and effective form of Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. How? By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility, as it centers the mind and opens the heart. From your very first class, you’ll reap the rewards.
Mommy & Me (Dads Welcome, Too!):
The first 3 years of your child’s life are a sacred time where patterns are being established that will last a lifetime. Practices such as yoga, meditation, chanting, and spending time with a community of conscious parents will allow your children to carry that trust, love, joy and community forever within them… whatever they do and wherever they go. Bring your children (from six weeks up to 3 years old) and join other families, as you and your baby exercise, relax, dance and rejoice together!
This class is a laboratory for the experience of yoga philosophy and principles for freedom, and more joyful living. Our most effective means of learning is experience. This class is a “no holds barred” leap into the investigation of thought through experience.
Move Within Yoga:
In this Hatha yoga class based on the Sivananda sequence, students dynamically move into the classical poses, but the end positions are held in concentration. Movement is accompanied by observations, creative thoughts, and free-breath. The class is energizing, no matter your level of experience or ability (beginners always welcome!). It revitalizes the body, its nervous system and vital organs, and renews a person’s capacities for thinking, feeling, and willing.
Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman’s life. It is a time for nurturing, slowing down and learning to meditate, while being in the company of other mothers-to-be. These unique Prenatal Yoga Classes provide safe, simple and effective exercises designed to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body, preparing you for a conscious childbirth. Join other pregnant women as you strengthen your physical body with yoga, and bring clarity and fearlessness to your mind through meditation. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the cornerstone of our Prenatal Yoga classes, which go far beyond the physical realm of mere movement. Our prenatal program helps mothers-to-be discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within. All women at any stage in their pregnancy are welcome.
Our Vinyasa classes offer vigorous Vinyasa flow sequences combined with some balance poses, backbends, and deeper release stretches. The Vinyasa classes are open to all levels of yoga experience, and modifications are welcome. Those who are new to the class are encouraged to rest or adjust the postures and the pace as necessary. Please contact Gemma at tel. 732 642 9721 or email@example.com for more information on particular Vinyasa classes/teachers.
Yoga Basics +:
This class is perfect for students who are already familiar with the basics of yoga. It offers well-rounded sequences which include sun salutations, standing and seated postures, backbends, twists and binds, shoulder stands, inversions and arm balances.
Yoga for Beginners:
Yoga for Stress Reduction:
Using gentle to mid-level asanas, pranayama (breathing) techniques, and meditation, this class will focus on relieving and reducing stress and creating a more peaceful state of mind inside and outside the yoga studio.
Yoga for Women 50+:
Tailored specifically for 50+ women, this class moves at a gentle to moderate pace. Poses are designed to increase flexibility, improve balance, keep the bones healthy, strengthen the body and provide a sense of both physical and emotional stability. Students will receive the benefits of movement without the strain, and leave the class feeling reenergized and emotionally grounded. Open to all levels.